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    Hi!

    Ive just got a g3 imac from ebay with ox9 installed, they have two accounts set up, the administrator and a limited account - i have no password for the administrator account so have no control over the computer, i cant even install osx from the student account as 'i dont have enough privallages to change the boot disk' - any help would be great :-)

    :-)
    RiverCottage

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    Quote Originally Posted by rivercottage View Post
    Hi!

    Ive just got a g3 imac from ebay with ox9 installed, they have two accounts set up, the administrator and a limited account - i have no password for the administrator account so have no control over the computer, i cant even install osx from the student account as 'i dont have enough privallages to change the boot disk' - any help would be great :-)

    :-)
    RiverCottage
    Just hold down the C key whilst booting with the CD in the drive. You'll have to rebuild the machine completely though.

    If you can, I suggest installing OS X 10.3.
    In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is stoned to death.
    - Joan D. Vinge


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    Thanks for a super quick reply, all is working well and osx slowly installing itself :-)

    ..gosh ive wanted a green imac for many a year now! now finaly have one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rivercottage View Post
    Thanks for a super quick reply, all is working well and osx slowly installing itself :-)

    ..gosh ive wanted a green imac for many a year now! now finaly have one!
    Excellent... how much RAM do you have?
    In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is stoned to death.
    - Joan D. Vinge


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    Its got 192mb i think, so should be ok, im not expecting fluidity and speed, just a bit of nice :-) turn of the dock and some other things..?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rivercottage View Post
    Its got 192mb i think, so should be ok, im not expecting fluidity and speed, just a bit of nice :-) turn of the dock and some other things..?
    Ouch... the extra RAM really helps in those old machines, but yeah it should run... well... stroll is probably a more appropriate word!
    In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is stoned to death.
    - Joan D. Vinge


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    I have 360meg of ram in my iMac.. Can run just about anything, one at a time.. I'll eventually move it up to 512..

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    Well, its all loaded on now, a little slow booting but im impressed with how it runs so well!

    :-)
    RiverCottage

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